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This fantastic pair of woodpeckers has been working my yard this past weekend. We did get a light thundershower this morning about 8-9 AM; just enough to settle the dust a bit. Temperatures were warmer this morning at 59F. There is practically no summer birds left in the area. I did hear a Tanager yesterday and a White-eyed Vireo this morning; aside from him I only hear a few of our winter birds; Pileated, Red-headed, Red Bellied, Downey, and Hairy woodpeckers and a Chickadee.

Female Pileated Woodpecker - 9/17

Male Pileated Woodpecker – 9/16

 

Female Pileated Woodpecker - 9/17 AM

Female Pileated Woodpecker – 9/17 AM

 

 

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I went back to one of the locations where the Redheaded Woodpeckers were nesting last April and May; they are still there ! I saw one adult and one juvenile. The juveniles still have grey heads; but this one was molting fast to crimson red:

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An ongoing series about the redheaded woodpeckers near Parthenon, Arkansas:

 

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A continuing series of redheaded woodpecker behavior. Today they are working together guarding the territory (river cane out of focus behind them):

 

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The redheaded woodpeckers must be getting ready to mate and lay eggs real soon – perhaos later this week. This pair began working together on Monday 4/1/13; eating wasps and carrying nesting material and stuffing this hole:

 

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First off: so far, we’ve gotten 1.5 inches of rain with more is on the way today (Sunday). That is fantastic !! We should have waterfalls this week.

I saw two Pileated Woodpeckers tearing apart a big log Friday, looking to ants and termites, and had my camera, so I got a few photos. They were so busy, I did not disturb them by watching from about 100 feet. The male and female both have large red tufts, the male has a red stripe on his cheek. The female has a brown forehead and a white stripped cheek. These are really large woodpeckers (crow sized) at least and very vocal at times; I have included 3 female photos and 2 male photos in the Friday group:

 

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